Rice engineers set sights on implantable ‘living pharmacy’

Five Rice University engineering laboratories are part of a $33 million national effort to develop a wireless, fully implantable device that can control the body’s circadian clock, halving the time it takes to recover from jet lag and similar disruptions to the body’s sleep/wake cycles.
In this artistic illustration, a user with an NTRAIN implant and its accompanying external hub works in the field. The user inputs a desired time shift (due to shift work or travel across time zones). Based on cues from the body’s physiology, the external hub detects the user’s circadian rhythm and triggers the implant to produce precisely-dosed peptide therapies. (Image courtesy of Northwestern University)
Led by Northwestern University and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project will blend bioelectronics, synthetic biology and traditional electronics to create a “living pharmacy” that produces the same peptide molecules the body naturally makes to regulate…


Sustainability is an increasingly important philosophy in today’s business and consumer world. Now more than ever, our industry is being faced with higher expectations from interested parties on how chemical distributors and those responsible for the warehousing, transportation, storage, and related servicing of chemical products are meeting those sustainability challenges. 
A brief look at some of NACD’s members’ and Chemical Handl

10 Breathtaking, Sustainable Vacation Rentals in the U.S.

here are a lot of ways to build a home sustainably, including many creative ways to maximize natural heat from the sun and collect your own rainwater. If you’re interested in building an off-grid home, it might be worth it to stay in one before you get started to help inspire the design.
These on- and off-grid houses around the U.S. all feature sustainable design and blend well with their natural surroundings. Even if you’re not trying to build your own home, any one of them would be an amazingly scenic getaway from city life.

Driving: Congestion charges could encourage motorists to opt for smaller, more efficient cars | Daily

The introduction of congestion charges in cities can act as encouragement for motorists to opt for smaller, more efficient cars, a study has concluded.
Experts from Washington State University found that drivers who often encounter traffic jams are drawn to larger cars, which they see as safer and more comfortable.
However, modelling suggests that congestion charges can reverse this effect — freeing up drivers to feel comfortable buying more fuel efficient vehicles.

GlobalData : Airlines must forge meaningful partnerships to tackle environmental sustainability, says GlobalData | MarketScreener

By forging meaningful partnerships that address root causes, airlines will give themselves the opportunity of becoming environmental leaders within their industry. Reducing plastic usage and adopting environmentally friendly materials is not enough to tackle sustainability issues, and more must be done, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Sustainable Wedding Ideas – Wedinsync

Involving the use of natural products and energy at your wedding in a way that does not harm the environment is crucial. A sustainable lifestyle is the call of the hour and as millennial couples tie the knot, they are starting to bring this awareness to their wedding plans as well. Here are some tips to turn your wedding into a sustainable one.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly – April 2021 – Healing through Nature: New Sandy Hook School Creates a Welcoming, Safe, and Sustainable Space for Learning

Designing sustainable, nurturing school environments presents many challenges. One of those challenges involves designing for safety and security. How do you design a beautiful, sustainable school that is both welcoming and secure, without the trappings of a “hardened” approach to school safety? In the case of the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, answering this question involved listening to and engaging the school community throughout the design process.

Sustainable Local Businesses

With every small businesses page we publish, we always focus on including as many sustainable and eco-friendly businesses as possible. To make it easier for anyone looking to shop more sustainably and/or looking to replace their every day items with eco-friendly alternatives, we compiled all the businesses we love on this page. Do it for the planet!

Engineered bacteria show promise for sustainable biofuel industry, researchers say | Hiroshima University

Scientists from Hiroshima University and AIST in Japan engineered the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to produce a volatile chemical from gaseous substrates at high temperature. It will realize economical thermophilic syngas fermentation process to produce bulk chemical from organic matters and wastes.
Acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of bacteria engineered by a research team based in Japan.

IIT develops portable tech traditional eco-friendly mobile cremation system

ndian Institute of Technology, Ropar has developed a prototype of a moveable electric cremation system which claims to be using first of its kind technology that involves smokeless cremation despite using wood, the Ministry of Education said on Thursday. As per an official release, the moveable electric cremation uses half of the wood otherwise required for the cremation and is still eco-friendly because of the technology that uses combustion air system.

Sustainable Luxury Homes : Prospera Island Project

The Prospera Island Project by Zaha Hadid Architects turns luxury architecture into environmentally-friendly living. The Roatan Prospera Residences project is set on the Caribbean Island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras. The goal is to curate a population that can “prosper socially and ecologically” in 15,000 individual, personalized “voxel” units.

Arena Pharmaceuticals Earns Prime Status from ISS ESG, a Leading Rating Agency for Sustainable Investments

Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) today announced it has been designated Prime in the ISS ESG Corporate Rating, effective as of May 4, 2021. Companies are classified as Prime when their ESG performance exceeds the threshold criteria for companies in its sector, meaning they fulfill ambitious absolute performance requirements.
The ISS ESG Corporate Rating sets the industry standard for sustainable investing and is used by international institutional investors and financial service companies to inform their decisions. According to this rating, Arena tradeable bonds and shares will now qualify for responsible investment.

Circularity Gap Report 2020 – Insights – Circle Economy

The Circularity Gap Report 2020, launched in Davos, finds that the world is now only 8.6% circular. Of all the minerals, fossil fuels, metals and biomass that enter it each year just 8.6% are cycled back. This has fallen from 9.1% in the two years since our annual report was first launched in 2018. Today, for the first time ever, our global economy is consuming 100 billion tonnes of materials each year and circularity is stuck in reverse.

Five free ways to make your business more sustainable | FSB, The Federation of Small Businesses

With COP26 on the horizon and the Race to Zero underway, we’re helping small businesses to start and continue their journey to becoming sustainable businesses.  
You don’t have to go green overnight, but small steps are still progress. So, how can your business move towards reducing energy consumption and making changes in a sustainable way? Here are five areas of your business to consider.